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National Award Shines Spotlight on Five Educators

December 4, 2018

Washington, DC awards gala, live-streamed nationwide, set for February 8, 2019, during the NEA Foundation’s 50th Anniversary WASHINGTON, DC (December 4, 2018) – Five educators will receive one of public education’s highest honors, the NEA Foundation’s prestigious Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence, recognition as one of the nation’s top educators, and $10,000. The NEA […]

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Stories from the Field

Education in Cape Town: A Story of Inequity and Resilience

December 3, 2018

  In July 2018, Kelly Elder traveled to South Africa with his cohort of NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellows. Below are his reflections from the first day of the Fellows’ international field study. Howëskool. South Peninsula High School. A self-described “upper-middle tier school.” Students in uniforms. Diversity (of sorts – more on that later). A […]

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NEA Foundation Names New President and CEO

November 15, 2018

In April, we announced that after 13 years of leading the NEA Foundation, Harriet Sanford would step down from her position as CEO and President in 2019. I am writing to share the exciting news that, after a six-month, nationwide search, the Foundation’s Board of Directors selected Sara Sneed to become the next President and […]

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Stories from the Field

The (Wonderful) Pain of Being a Global Learning Fellow

November 19, 2018

I applied to become an NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow while at home, pregnant, and on bed rest.  That application was literally the most exertion I had–and was medically allowed–all of that week.  I remember thinking that it sounded fascinating.  I figured if I was selected it would be an experience that would, at its worst, […]

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